Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has just moved into the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This modern, casual chain restaurant and winery has a great reputation in its other cities so I could not wait to try it. The restaurant originally opened in Chicago, 2005, and has now grown to include eight states.
From the outside entrance, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant looks like a typical eatery. From inside the mall, patrons see a Napa-style wine tasting bar and shop, with goodies such as Corkcicles, wine accessories, decorative wine glasses (some with adorable elastic rhinestone bands), and all things wine related. They also have decadent sweets counter with items such as tuxedo strawberries and other chocolate dipped fruits and cake pops. Handcrafted wine tastings are available and there are plenty of staff to describe the wines and educate patrons on the different types of wine. Gift baskets are available, too.
Palate Pleasing Appetizers & Wine Flights
I dined with a friend for lunch and of course, we had to try a wine flight. My friend chose white wines while I went with the reds. My flight contained four varieties: Zinfandel (bold with creamy raisin finish), Petite Sirah (oaky with blackberries and mulberries), Super Tuscan (from Italy with nutmeg and chocolate aromas), and Cabernet Sauvignon (full-bodied with notes of cherry, vanilla, and plum). We loved the presentation and all of the wines were smooth and satisfying. My favorite was the Petite Sirah. While we enjoyed our wines, our friendly waitress brought over their signature pretzel bread and butter. Dear goodness it was wonderful.
We started our lunch with Drunken Mexican Shrimp, a rich and delightful dish that we could have easily eaten two of five fat, bacon-wrapped shrimp with a tequila lime butter sauce and fresh guacamole. The plate was picture perfect and the taste was sublime. Our waitress suggested that we finish the remaining sauce with the pretzel bread. It worked wonderfully!
The dishes at Cooper’s Hawk are created with a complimentary wine in mind, but we just went with the item that sounded the best. While we waited for our entrées, I walked around the restaurant to check out the decor. It was decorated with barrels, perfect for the wine theme, and had interesting light fixtures and a contemporary feel to it.
The outdoor patio, adorned with a TV and ceiling fans, overlooked the parking lot but several trees and a fountain helped improve the view. I noticed that many of the patio guests were drinking yummy looking pineapple mojitos, clearly a popular choice at Cooper’s Hawk Winery.
Our food arrived looking awesome. My friend chose the Gnocchi Carbonara with peas, chicken, pancetta, sage, and Parmesan garlic cream sauce. It was both comforting and creamy. That meal didn’t stand a chance after she took one bite. I opted for the Napa Chicken Salad, piled high with fresh corn, apple, dried cherry, avocado, tomato, roasted chicken, goat cheese, and Marcona almonds, tossed with a tangy honey mustard vinaigrette. The portion size of the salad was huge; I could easily have made two meals of it.
We had to taste Cooper Hawk’s Classic Macaroni & Cheese so we ordered a side of it. Creamy goodness on a plate sums up the mac & cheese dish.
A Mall Offering for Foodies
Though I try to steer clear of chain restaurants, I loved Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. It could easily be compared to the Cheesecake Factory, but I felt it was a step up in decor, ambiance, and quality of food. Vicky and I loved everything that we ordered and the Drunken Mexican Shrimp may make my Best Eats of 2017 List.
All in all, everything that we put in our mouths at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant was impressive. We will definitely be back. Next time, I would like to try one of their signature items such as Ahi Tuna Tacos, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, or Campanelle Rustica. Wine lovers should check out Cooper’s Hawk’s Wine Club for $18.99 a month. Members receive a monthly bottle of exclusive wine and it can be shipped for an additional fee.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
3101 PGA Blvd, Ste P201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: (561) 209-8466
Price Range: $$-$$$ ($10.99-$26.99 for lunch main items)
My visit to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant was part of a FAM trip, sponsored by The Palm Beaches tourism. All opinions are 100% my own and unbiased.
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